Okolona-John Lee Corley, 78, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at his residence in the Wren Community. John was born on October 17, 1938 to Bevlia Lee Corley and Locke Jewel Conwill Corley. He graduated from Okolona High School. Always a patriotic American, John Lee joined the U.S. Air Force and had a full military career retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He served in Thailand as a communication specialist during the Vietnam war and was able to see the world as a career Air Force man. He especially enjoyed his tours of duty in Greece, Japan, Germany and England. In the end, he returned to his southern roots here in Mississippi after he retired from the Air Force. John Lee was a quiet man and could spin a tale with the best as a master storyteller. He enjoyed collecting all kinds of stuff, hunting wild boar because apparently they get angry when you shoot at them, crabbing in Maryland, fishing, reading books, and visiting friends and family. His early Church years were at the Corley family home Church, Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church
A graveside service in the Corley Family Plot at Boone’s Chapel Cemetery south of Okolona, with military honors, will be held at 4:30 PM Saturday, September 20, 2017 with his cousin, Rev. Kenneth Corley, officiating. A visitation and reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is honored to be serving the family.
Survivors include his sons, James Lee Corley and wife, Linda of Bowie, Maryland and Robert Dean Corley and wife, Kathleen of Ellicott City, Maryland. His daughter, Laura Jewel Corley of Alabama. 8 grandchildren: Jacqueline, John, Janine, James, Andrew, Charles “Chaz”, Ryan and Taylor Tristan. His sister, Janet Corley McKay of Bruce, Miss., his first wife, Annita Koroneou, several cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his second wife, Aletha Hill Corley, his son, William Corley and two brothers, Bevlia Dean “Deno” Corley and William Ellis “Billy” Corley.
Memorials may be made to Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Bank of Okolona, P. O. Box 306, Okolona, MS. 38860
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